Non-Fiction Winner: Gold Medal for Weird by Kevin Sylvester Non-Fiction Honour books: Everything But the Kitchen Sink: Weird Stuff You Didn’t
Know About Food by Frieda Wishinsky and Elizabeth MacLeod and Brave Deeds: How One Family Saved Many by Ann Alma
Express Winner: Dear Sylvia by Alan Cumyn Express Honour books: Feather Brain by Maureen Bush and Boy in Motion – The Rick Hansen Story by Ainslie Manson
Shane Peacock signing Eye of the Crow.
Just look at the line-ups for autographs!
More games and activities for the students.
Once again, congratulations to the authors and illustrations and a big thank you to everyone made the event such a success! Until next year!
The Ontario Library Association hosts the Forest of Reading Programs where readers vote for their favourite books. There are 7 different reading programs, categorized by grade level and age. The winner for each award were announced at the Festival of Trees at the Harbourfront Centre on May 13 and 14th. Honour books, books that also received a high number of votes, were also announced. Over 250,000 students in Ontario voted! More than 70 authors and illustrators attended, along with over 6,000 young readers in the audience. These kids know how to make their favourite authors and illustrators feel like a rockstar!
The Blue Spruce Award: Ages 4-7, Kindergarten to Grade 2 Winner:Chester by Melanie Watts Honour books:Such a Prince by Dan Bar-El and Stanley at Sea by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Bill Slavin
The Red Maple Award: Ages 11-15, Grades 7-8 Fiction Winner:Out of the Cold by Norah McClintock Fiction Honour books: Egghead by Caroline Pignat and Frost by Nicole Luiken Non-Fiction Winner: Elizabeth MacLeod’s Royal Murder: The Deadly Intrigue of the Ten Sovereigns Non-Fiction Honour books:Ed Butts for SOS: Stories of Survival and Fire on the Water by Wendy Lewis
The White Pine Award: Grades 9-12 Winner:Little Brother by Cory Doctorow Honour books:After River by Donna Milner and Gravity Journal by Gail Sidonie Sobat
Congratulations to Ed Butts for SOS: Stories of Survival being named an Honour book! Student volunteers held signs and gave a small introduction before the authors and illustrators came up.
After the award ceremonies, students and teachers can meet the authors and illustrators, have their books signed, do arts and crafts, play games, and participate in various activities. Basically a literary fairground!
That is one giant Jenga!
The Hockey Hall of Fame had the Stanley Cup on display!
Congratulations to all the authors and illustrators! Thank you to all the organizers, volunteers, authors, illustrators, teachers, and students for all their work!